Price of medicine getting out of control

April 26, 2007 – Several weeks ago I caught part of a “60 Minutes” program that was comparing the prices the Veterans’ Administration pays for drugs at “negotiated” prices and the price the rest of us must pay because federal law prohibits Medicare from “negotiation.”

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Classic quail hunts in Noxubee County and a “Frontier Six Shooter”

April 13, 2006 – Last Friday evening and night we had a very pleasant visit with Jo Ann’s late sister’s nephew, Johnny Baker, and his wife Julie of Columbus.
We feel very close to them even if we seem to see them only at family funerals and such.

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Sixth grade bucket band at Bruce School was worth wading through the storm

March 24, 2005 – On the first Monday of the month Jo Ann and I had planned to attend the spring concert of the Bruce Schools Choirs directed by Miss Kim Parker.
We were dressed and ready when an untimely cloudburst almost dissuaded us, but it let up just before seven, and we headed for the back door of the auditorium where Principal Rickie Vaughn had told us there would be an open door to accommodate my walker and me.

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Suggestion of possible “fast during Lent” gets my attention

March 4, 2004 – Several weeks before Ash Wednesday, which was Feb. 25, Rex Wilburn, minister at Bruce First United Methodist Church, announced that the church
had decided to “fast during Lent.”

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Prairie, Mississippi doesn’t ring a bell with most Mississippians

Feb. 13, 2003 – The mention of Prairie, MS, doesn’t even ring a bell with most Mississippians. But 60 years ago the now floundering little village on Highway 382, between Highway 45W and Aberdeen was a bustling place.

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Jan. 20 will always be a bad day for me

Jan. 30, 2002 – Historically, January 20 has been a bad day for me. Thirteen years ago it was a car wreck. Then six years ago it was a serious heart malady that manifested itself. The wreck almost got me, but I didn’t really know it. The heart problem almost got me, and I knew it.

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How muscadine vines helped Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest

Jan. 11, 2001 — How muscadine vines were used to help Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest get from Oxford to Memphis and destroy the supplies of invading Federal troops in North Mississippi is a bit of lore passed on to me by John Bagwell of Bruce.

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The man who loved Christmas

Dec. 20, 1984—If there was ever a man who loved Christmas, it was the late Sen. Jesse Yancy of Bruce. The word “loved” is used advisedly. For there are those who might be said to “enjoy” Christmas, “respect” Christmas, “anticipate” Christmas, etc., but Jesse loved Christmas.

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Christmas Tour of Homes brings the season early to our house

Dec. 13, 2000 — With the close of the Christmas Tour of Homes on the first weekend in December, we felt like Christmas was over. Since our house was on the Bruce Fine Arts Club tour this year, our Christmas tree, as well as a number of displays,  has been up since well before Thanksgiving. For several days prior to the big event there were table settings that had to be researched in “Joy Of Cooking” to determine the order of beverage glasses, but there was no real food in the house.

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‘Join Save The Armadillo Club’

Nov. 18, 1999 – We recently received a fax from Snookie Williams of Water Valley wanting to run an ad in the Bruce newspaper. “Join Save The Armadillo Club,” it began. “If Interested,” it continued, “please call 983-2534 (my home number) Mornings from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and Nights from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.”
“Armadillos need protection, please call for information.”

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